Charlize Theron Has Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

She also has a producer's credit and the starring role.

by | March 17, 2008 | Comments

She’ll spend the summer blending humor and superhero action with Will Smith and Jason Bateman in Hancock, but Charlize Theron already has Vengeance on her mind.

While promoting her latest film, Sleepwalking, Theron told MTV Movies that she’s working on an adaptation of Park Chan-Wook‘s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Though she described the film as “in the very early stages” of development, Theron is committed to produce and star — and she knows she’s got her work cut out for her:

We’re intimidated almost beyond belief. [Park Chan-Wook] made an almost perfect film. I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for him and his encouragement. He came to me and said he really wanted us to do this. He didn’t want to direct it. He really wanted to see that story told in an American society. If he wasn’t so encouraging, I don’t think I could go through with it. It’ll be a different director.

The original film, released in 2005, wrapped up the vengeance-themed trilogy the director started with 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and continued with 2003’s Oldboy:

On the heels of her release from prison, Lee Geum-ja embarks on a mission to track down the man responsible for her imprisonment, which also resulted in her being forced to give up her daughter for adoption. Hardened by years in the penitentiary and endlessly fantasizing about the right way to exact revenge, she enlists the help of former cellmates to accomplish her goal. But what she uncovers is a secret so horrifying that no revenge seems fitting.

As Theron acknowledged, successfully remaking Lady Vengeance will be difficult; Tomatometer critics gave the original a 75 percent Tomatometer rating, and RT users were even kinder, sending it all the way to 88 percent. Place your bets!

Source: MTV Movies

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